Archive for the ‘Diamond Series’ Category
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
It’s that time of year again. The twinkly lights are out, the décor is up, the festive music is on, and the malls are packed – everyone is out and about and searching for that perfect gift for everyone on their gift list. It’s the Holiday Season, and time to do something special for the loved ones in your life. If you’re tired of resorting to the cliché gift ideas (or if you have no idea where to begin), then why not step outside the box and surprise your friends and family with something different?
This year, Gold Medal Wine Club helps solve the dilemma with an assortment of new gift packages and wine clubs designed especially for everyone from the wine novice to aficionado. Wine makes a great gift because it’s not something that will be put away and forgotten about – it will immediately be opened, shared, and enjoyed with friends and family. What’s more is with a wine club gift, your recipients will have something to look forward to not just during the holidays, but throughout the year.
Wine Clubs also make a great gift for your boss in the office – or if you are the boss, think about giving wine to your best accounts, employees, and business partners. The Holiday Season is a time to look back on the success you’ve had over the past year, and thank those important people who helped you get there. What better way to show your appreciation and commemorate the year than with a special bottle of award-winning wine?
With a multitude of wine clubs out there, it can be hard to decide which one is the best fit – maybe your Dad is into those really prestigious wines with small production and top-of-the-line ratings, whereas your Son or Daughter might benefit from a wine club more catered to featuring “everyday wines” that still introduce their palates to nicer wines, but without the intimidation factor. With five different wine clubs to choose from, ranging in price point, wine varieties, and quality level, Gold Medal Wine Club is a one-stop-shop for everyone on your holiday gift list.
The most popular gift choice from Gold Medal Wine Club is the Gold Series wine club, featuring hard-to-find, medal-winning wines from small, family-owned California wineries. Each month, your recipient will receive two outstanding bottles, beautifully presented in gift-wrapped tissue and bows and a full color newsletter publication called “The Wine Press.” This exclusive publication presents information about the wines, the fascinating backgrounds of the winery owners, a behind-the-scenes tour of the vineyards, and special food pairing recipes direct from the winemakers themselves. Starting at just $35 per month, the Gold Series is a great value and truly an impressive gift.
Gold Medal Wine Club also offers upper-level and international wine clubs to help you find the right fit for everyone on your gift list. The Platinum Series features 90+ rated, ultra premium wines from California; the International Series highlights a different country with each shipment and offers a special add-on option of gourmet imported food items; the Pinot Noir Series is the perfect choice for the Pinot lovers in your life; and the Diamond Series selects only those most prestigious bottlings with legendary 93+ rated marks and serious “wow” factor. Sure to be enjoyed by any wine enthusiast on your list, the wine club offerings from Gold Medal Wine Club are just plain hard to beat.
For a limited time, find FREE Bonus Gifts (stainless steel corkscrews, neoprene totes, and Vinturi Aerators – just to name a few) included with various wine club gift options (www.GoldMedalWineClub.com/gift_guide). It’s an easy way to make that holiday gift extra special.
In business since 1992, Gold Medal Wine Club has the reputation as one of the leading independent wine clubs in the world – and for good reason. With unbeatable standards for quality and customer satisfaction, and consistency in offering simply incredible wines to their members at unbelievable discounts, this wine club gift is the choice for this year’s Holiday Season.
Place your orders by logging on to www.GoldMedalWineClub.com or calling 1-800-266-8888 to be sure your gifts will arrive in time for the Holiday.
Monday, September 20th, 2010
We’ve just come into our third Quarter for the Diamond Series and we’re really excited about the selections we’ve just released to members! Our two main features are from Tetra Winery and from L’Aventure, two highly regarded California wineries.
Tetra means “four” and points both to the four vineyards they source for wines and to the fact that four different Bordelaise varietals constitute the wines that make up the winery’s portfolio. The four vineyards are located in the coolest growing region in Napa, giving the grapes ample opportunity to develop their characteristics. The Tetra 2007 Propriety Red garnered an outstanding 94 Points from Robert Parker who states, “The 2007 is stunning, opaque purple-colored, with plenty of creme de cassis, creosote, camphor, incense, subtle oak, licorice and oodles of black fruits… [It] has superb purity, full-bodied texture, beautiful richness and depth, and a finish that goes on for at least 40+ seconds….” In keeping with the winery’s name, it is a blend of the four varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. It was bottled without filtration or fining, maximizing the textures and flavors!
Our second feature comes from Paso Robles winery L’Aventure. Owner Stephan Asseo once stated, “Life is truly a great adventure. You are faced with a series of challenges and decisions, and what you do ultimately guides your life.” He also boasts that this family owned winery doesn’t need a grandiose ego pushing behind it, as the “wines speak for themselves.” We couldn’t agree more! The 2007 Estate Cuveehas an opaque ebony center and purple margins. The powerful and complex aromas push graphite, “viande”, dark fruit, licorice and tea-leaf, while the rich tapestry of flavors include wild blackberry, tar, gooseberry and acacia. The legacy of this wine of 91+ ratings by Robert Parker since 2000 (with an outstanding 98 Point rating in 2004) is truly remarkable. The consistently high quality really does speak for itself and words hardly do it justice!
The Diamond Series features only the highest rated bottles. You may, of course, purchase these or any bottles in the Diamond Series a la carte. But if you’d like to join this quarterly Series on a regular basis, know that membership is limited to 500 members. That said, there are still a few spaces left, so go ahead, treat yourself and your palate to the world’s finest!
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
What do we love? We love wine, of course! But we also love viticulture. We love the stories that develop over a bottle of wine. We love visiting wineries. We love food and wine. We love the living, breathing qualities of wine. We love that feeling we get after a frazzling day of work and finally having the chance to plop down on the couch with a glass of wine. But what we really love, what truly makes our hearts sing, is sharing these experiences with others! Its why we do what we do – because sharing wine with others can be one of the most rewarding experiences out there, especially when what we’re sharing is a truly fabulous bottle. We’re in the business of bringing high quality wines to your door; this much is obvious from our website. But what’s not so obvious is the amount we’re willing to bend our memberships to make them something that suits your needs. Which brings us to our last love, giving you what you really want.
I’ll use the Gold Series to set an example of the kind of tweaking we can do to your membership. The Gold Series is the most popular of our five wine club memberships. It is the least expensive of the selections, but the wines are high quality and very versatile. The website explains that the standard membership consists of two highly sought after small production, California wines, sent out on a monthly basis. Generally, it is one red and one white, but sometimes two different reds. The website also offers a Red only or White only option. But, what’s not advertised are alterations to this: if it is your preference, we can make sure that we always send you one red and one white, even in the months when “two reds” is the standard mix. Or, maybe you like red wine, but only Cabernet and Merlot, and in terms of white, you want to avoid Chardonnay and Viognier? (This is all hypothetical, of course. I can’t imagine why anyone would limit himself or herself in this way, but I do understand people have their preferences, and sometimes you just know what you like!) Well, to sum it up, we can accommodate these requests as well. Perhaps location is your thing. We can send you a shipment only when we feature wines from a particular area like Napa Valley. We’ll work with you to find out your particular preferences. In months that we feature something you’d rather not receive, we can send you something from a previous month’s selection, or we can skip that month entirely, or maybe there’s something else you want to do. Fine by us!
And what if two bottles each month just isn’t enough for you? (Now, we’re speaking my language…) The website offers a four bottle membership, which is essentially two of each of the featured wines from the month. But, believe me, by no means does it have to stop there. If you’d like to have four bottles each month but want three reds and one white, we can do that. Or three whites and one red? Yes! Like to try six wines each shipment? Yep, we can do that too. There is virtually no limit to the number of bottles we send you in a month.
And here’s another thing. Moving from the topic of wine selection to frequency of shipments, the website offers monthly, every-other, or quarterly shipments. But we actually can send shipments any time and as often as you like. If you want to have shipments only in months ending in “y”, we can do that. Or, only with the months with a major holiday, we can do that, too. As often as you would like a shipment, we’ll send one your way.
Want to save a few bucks on shipping costs? How about joining a club membership on a quarterly basis, but receiving all the wines from that quarter at once? Keeping to the example of the Gold Series, you could receive the wines we featured in January, February and March all together in March (totaling 6 different wines in March), then continue on a quarterly basis from there. It will save you money on shipping, but the only downside is that you’ll have to wait two months in between shipments…
Like the look of two of our Series, but can’t decide which one to choose and joining both is going to be too much wine? How about alternating? You could join the Gold Series every other month of the year, and in the alternate months, receive one of our premium clubs, like the Platinum or Diamond Series. You could even receive the Platinum Series on a monthly basis, but in your and your partner’s birthday months, treat yourselves to our highest rated wines club membership, the Diamond Series. Don’t let us stop you…Go wild! Get creative!
What I’m trying to make obvious for you is that this is YOUR membership. Don’t let the website fool you – we are YES people and we want you to have a great experience with the wine club. If that means you want only 92+ rated wines from Monterey and Napa Valley and you want them only in the months of the year when you visit your Aunt Sadie at her home in Boulder, Colorado, well, that’s just peachy with us. We’ll send ‘em your way. Just tell Aunt Sadie to share!
Call our Customer Service phone number to customize your membership or to talk about your options for a gift: (800) 266 – 8888.
Friday, April 2nd, 2010
Up to 40% off Winery Direct Prices with FREE SHIPPING on orders of 2 Cases or More!
Welcome to the Wine Sale 2010! This year, its bigger and badder than ever, with up to 40% off winery direct prices! If that wasn’t enough, you can also save more by ordering 2 or more cases to receive FREE SHIPPING! The wines included in this sale were recent features of the club’s Pinot Noir, Platinum, Diamond, and International Series — the upper level memberships that feature 90+ rated wines. There’s a three bottle minimum per wine to achieve the sale price, but at these amounts, you’ll want to order much more than simply three of each, which is why there is no maximum per wine (inventory pending, of course!)
You won’t want to miss out on the sale; it is your chance to stock up on some fabulous wines. But, you’ll have to hurry! Inventory is moving quickly and the sale will be over by the end of the month!
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
This quarter, the Diamond Series shipment includes the Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel 2000 Gran Resalte 100% Tempranillo. From a winery less than ten years old, but from vineyards at least 60 years old, Resalte de Peñafiel has carefully crafted a stunning, beautifully harmonious Tempranillo with their 2000 Gran Resalte. Aged 32 months in oak, 30 months in bottle, and with just 125 cases produced, the 2000 Gran Resalte is simply exquisite and a model selection of Spain’s legendary winemaking potential. The winery is located in Peñafiel, considered the heart of the Ribera del Duero arguably Spain’s top producing wine region, and the nations hottest for emerging wineries.
It is rare that a wine such as the Gran Resalte 2000 becomes available while the winery is still in it’s embryonic stages. Too often, wines such as this are long gone before the winery achieves stardom.
This wine has received many accolades:
94-Points,Wine Spectator—“This traditional red is aromatic with tobacco, lead pencil, licorice and floral notes, which give way to a silky palate and flavors of black cherry, mineral and smoke. Not overly muscular, but firm, balanced and lively, with a long, alluring finish. Drink now through 2015.”
Gold Medal,“Vinos de España” magazine
Winemaker Notes—Deep ruby color, high robe, clean and bright. Intense and complex in nose, ripe black fruit aromas, preserves, liquorice, dark chocolate and cedar, as well as spicy, balsamic and mineral hints. Great volume and structured flavour. Elegant, harmonious, velvety and balanced with finely blent sweet and toasted tannins. Very long and lingering finish, ripe fruit, balsamic and mineral hints in the aftertaste.
The Diamond Series is our exclusive, top-of-the-line wine club offering only 93+ rated wines from the world’s best wineries in California and around the world. Each quarterly shipment features two hand-selected, highly allocated wines. Limited to 500 members, a fortunate few have the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate wine tasting experience.
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
Gold Medal is offering a special promotion when you sign up for a wine club. With your first shipment you will receive an extra bottle of 90+ rated wine as our way of saying “thank you” for your business.
Consider giving Gold Medal Wine Club as a gift to a favorite person in your life. It really is the ultimate gift you can give to the food and wine lover. Your gift recipient will be so excited to receive two ultra-premium bottles of wine each month. It quickly becomes something they will anticipate and look forward to.
Gold Medal Wine Club carefully selects only the best of boutique wines from California’s small-production wineries. All the wines we deliver to you are award-winners and have received high marks from major wine publications. A membership also affords you many member benefits including 10-40% off all wines in our wine store, access to quarterly contests, discounts on accommodations and travel, and first notice on special promotions and sales-and now, a bonus bottle of fine 90+ rated wine.
With five different wine clubs to choose from, there is a wine club for every price-point and palate.
Order your wine club membership today. The bonus bottle promotion ends August 31st.
Monday, May 18th, 2009
For the first time ever, Gold Medal has started a sale on their Diamond Series wines. These wines are all 93+ rated wines and have earned awards and disinctions from multiple prestigious wine publications and organizations. There are 23 of these coveted wines available at 40-50% off winery direct prices. Some examples of the wines in the Gold Medal Wine Club sale include the Corison 2003 Kronos Cabernet Sauvignon, given 95 points from Wine Enthusiast magazine. Connoisseurs Guide rated it a 93. The Jarvis 2005 Finch Hollow Chardonnay was the highest rated Chardonnay of the year according to Beverage Tasting Institute, and received a Gold Medal in the World Wine Championships.
Previously, these wines were only available to our Diamond Series Wine Club members. The Diamond Series is limited to 500 members who enjoy access to the world’s most esteemed California wines. The wine store makes these Diamond Series selections available to the general public for only 8 days. There are only limited quantities of these hard-to-find wines, so hurray and order yours today.
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
Because the Diamond Series is our only wine of the month club that ships quarterly there is a lot of anticipation. As always, it’s worth the wait. This quarter, we bring to you the Keenan 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon from the famed Robert Keenan Winery on Spring Mountain in St. Helena region of Napa Valley. The property was a winery in the 1890’s, but was abandoned in the 1930’s. Purchased by Robert Keenan and restored to glory in the 1970’s and 80’s, Keenan became synonymous with huge, assertive wines that were rewarded by bountiful accolades and incredible press. All but for a brief time in the early 1990’s, Keenan wines have continued to receive high marks, yet its new leader Michael Keenan, Robert’s son, has renewed enthusiasm for the winery and vineyard and sees the future as very bright indeed. With the help of Nils Venge
as a consultant winemaker, they hope to continue to produce wines like the 2004 Cabernet, which received 94+ points from Robert Parker Jr.’s the Wine Advocate and 5 out of 5 stars from Decanter magazine. This impeccably made, full-bodied, super-concentrated Cabernet reveals good delineation and freshness as well as surprising definition and elegance for a wine of such power and intensity.
The other incredible February offering from the Gold Medal Diamond Series is the 2005 Cabernet
Sauvignon To-Kalon Vineyard (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) from Bacio Divino Cellars. For 11 years under the watchful eye of Claus Janzen, former marketer for Caymus, Bacio Divino has been producing about 2000 cases per year of highly aclaimed wines. Translating literally to “Divine Kiss” in Italian, Bacio Divino is a synonym for the experience the blend of grapes has on the palate of anyone tasting the wine. At 90-93 points, the 2005 Cabernet should drink well for 15+ years.
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